Media advisory - story and photo opportunity at Canadian Mental Health Association - Canadian Mental Health Association - Ottawa branch staff begin information pickets Monday, September 24



    OTTAWA, Sept. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Community outreach, case management
workers, and support staff at the Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Mental Health
Association (CMHA), will hold an information picket at 12:00 noon on Monday,
September 24, outside CMHA-Ottawa headquarters at 1355 Bank Street. The
87 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) voted 99 per cent
in favour of a strike if mediation talks fail to reach a settlement.

    
    Who?   Community outreach, case management workers, and support staff
           at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) - Ottawa Branch
           members of Local 1521.01 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees
           and supporters

    What?  Information picket to press for a fair contract

    When?  Monday, September 24, 12:00 noon

    Where? Outside Ottawa branch of CMHA
           1355 Bank Street, Ottawa
    

    "The time has come for CMHA Ottawa Branch management to be true to the
CMHA's mission statement of equity, respect and social justice in the way they
treat their own employees," said Jean-Marc Bézaire, CUPE national
representative. A strike date has been set for October 4, with mediation talks
scheduled for September 25 and 26. Outstanding issues include addressing
management favouritism in selecting applicants for job postings, layoff and
recall, and professional development, excessive workloads, and reimbursement
for work-related travel expenses.




For further information:

For further information: Jean-Marc Bézaire, CUPE National
Representative, (613) 237-0115, (613) 293-8163 (cell); Robert Lamoureux, CUPE
Communications, (416) 292-3999

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